Jamaica Carnival 2017 - Xodus

This year I was a bit skeptical about carnival in Jamaica with four different bands.  I really didn't think it was such a good idea.  One thing I loved about Jamaica carnival was the fact that I could see all my friends in one area.  All I had to do was walk up and down the trucks and I would basically see everyone.  Now it's four bands and four different routes. I spent the day with Xodus since that's where all my friends were.  Overall I had a great time and was very surprised with Xodus.  Xodus band looked like last year carnival to me in terms of the crowd.  This shows that carnival in Jamaica is growing and maybe it wasn't a bad idea to have more bands. After all competition is good.  Xodus costumes were on point. The music was awesome. The vibes was just right.  My only concern was the chaos around lunch time getting your food and the very short time for lunch. After finally getting and eating lunch, before I could even fart it was time to hit the road again.  This is the only area I think Xodus can improve in and thats a very easy fix.  Can't wait for Jamaica 2018 carnival. Stay tuned for my vlog about my carnival weekend.

 

All Fruits Ripe

I'm late on posting this image and maybe a few of you have already seen it first release on my instagram account. From there the image pretty much took over instagram's explore page along with numerous repost. It also made its way on Facebook and just from one account on Facebook (not even my account) it has already amassed over 5ooo likes and 117 shares. I guess its safe to say that the masses love this image. About the image - the model is Kimberley Grant.  This was not the image we were suppose to capture that day but due to the cloudy weather we decided to move inside and try something else.  As destiny would have it, we captured this simple but beautiful fan favorite image. I call it "All Fruits Ripe."

When I shoot I do try to make it a memorable image that once you see it you won't forget it.  If you're a fan of my work 5-10 years from now if I ask you "do you remember the pic I took of the beautiful lady with the fruits in the kitchen" it should immediately come to the foreground of your mind.  Not everyone will enjoy this image and that's fine; I shoot for myself not to please people.  But if the majority likes it and you don't then it could be a reflection of you.  Thanks to all those who enjoy the image and stay tuned for what comes next.

Smile Kimberley

Jamaica Carnival 2015

Trinidad carnival 2015 in the books and now Jamaica Carnival 2015 is in the books. Had a blast with all my friends and great seeing some that I haven't seen in a long time. Hope you enjoy the pics. Feel free to share and follow on instagram at RogerBstillz.

Happy Emancipation Day Jamaica

Jamaica's Emancipation Day 2014 is a few days away and for such a small island we have come a long way. This island will always be home and paradise to many and although many of us will be celebrating this weekend we still have a lot of work to do to make Jamaica a better place. The image below is dedicated to this year Emancipation Day, hope you enjoy it.

Happy Independence Jamaica

Roxanne + Kirk Wedding Trailer

Roxanne + Kirk Wedding TrailerJust a little highlight video that I did for my friends.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/94088140]

Venue: The Cathedral of St Jago De La Vega Reception: The Beach House, Hellshire Wedding Coordinator: Kara-ann Boyne-Anderson Second Shooter: Avair Nembhard Photography: Team DWP

Jamaica Carnival 2014

Jamaica Carnival 2014 is in the books.

Happy 51st Jamaica

Three years ago, I created an image for Jamaica’s Independence. It was an unofficial image I wanted to dedicate to my homeland. Since then, I’ve decided to release an image on or around Jamaica's Independence as a form of giving back to the country I love. The previous photos for this occasion were taken in the United States, but this years creation is the first in the collection to be taken in Jamaica. Capturing this image required my model and I to board a 20 ft. bamboo river raft for a 1.5hr cruise down the beautiful, slow flowing, River Grande. Although I was somewhat unprepared for the journey, the natural beauty of the environment ensured that I wouldn’t leave without getting the shot. The ride itself was tranquil. The accompanying sounds of the flowing river and nearby birds created an unparalleled environment. It’s not everyday that I’m surrounded by such beauty and get to enjoy it without interruptions, so I made sure to soak it all in. The beauty of the journey wasn’t the only thing I soaked up along the way, I was also hit with a full dose of the hot Jamaican sun. Unfortunately, I forgot my sun block and paid the price. Next time I’ll be sure to ride on a raft with covering, so I won’t get burnt at all. As we approached the land formation known as Lover’s Rock, I quickly realized that it was more beautiful in person than in the pictures I had previously seen. The bamboo raft slowly made it’s way towards the rock and I informed the captain that I wanted to take a few stillz. He didn’t object, especially when I added a beautiful model to the scenery. It took two passes through the rock’s passage and a few shots to capture the image, but the extra effort paid off.

Ernest Hemingway once said, “it’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it’s the journey that matters in the end.” The journey down the iconic Rio Grande is what inspired the creation of this image I dedicate to Jamaica for 51 years of independence. Special thanks to my model and my darling friend Kerry Ann Clarke for their roles in this shoot. I hope you enjoy it.

My goal in creating these images is to top them each year and as I create one I ask myself what should I do next? Somehow, I end up topping them each year. This year’s image is a little early, being that Independence is still 3 weeks away, but the reason you’re getting this image now is because it has already been topped. This year Jamaica, you’re blessed with two images. With the next one being released closer to Independence Day, I can assure you that you will be entertained, so stay tuned.

Out Of Many One People

On The Beach

On The Beach video was a fun video I filmed for my friend Bambino during the Christmas of 2012 in Jamaica. Most of the footage came from The Maiden Cay Party that happens after christmas, some from Lime Cay, Pelican Bar in St. Elizabeth and Haulover Beach in South Florida. These are local destinations we normally visit during the christmas season. I normally wouldn't take my camera to a party that involve so much water but there are exceptions to the rules. The Maiden Cay party is one that I always look forward to. Yes that is Usain Bolt (Fastest Man In The World) and Shaggy aka Mr. Bombastic in the video. Pelican Bar is worth a trip if you're on that side of the island. It's a great place to watch the sun set. Hope you enjoy the video below. [youtube=http://youtu.be/a8zeVE6tmag]

Tracey & Rohan Wedding Highlights

Congrats to my friends Tracey & Rohan on a beautiful wedding. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/66364828]

Directed by: Roger B Stillz Photography: Team DWP Makeup: Paul March Song Licensed from The Music Bed & Bambino Music Getting Ready: Sea Star Villa, Portland Jamaica Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dragon Pointe, Portland Jamaica Trash The Dress: Trident Hotel & Blue Lagoon, Portland Jamaica